Jewish people all over the world are anxiously anticipating the coming of the Messiah.  He is supposed to establish peace such as has never been seen before.  What if the Scriptures let us know when this Messiah was coming?

Haggai 2:7-9 “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. 9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Haggai 2:7 teaches that the desire of all nations would come to the temple and the Lord would fill the house with glory.  So what is all of this talking about?  The Messiah is the desire of all nations.  (This verse is specifically applied to the time of the coming of the Messiah in Tractate Debharim Rabba.)  Verse 9 say that the glory of this temple would be greater than the glory of the first.  We all know that the Second Temple was not as glorious a structure as the first.  So how could its glory surpass that of the first?  Because, this was the one to which the Messiah was supposed to come.  However, the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.  Why did he not come?

Perhaps there is some misunderstanding of the meaning of the verse.  Just in case, we will look to other Scriptures to see what they say.

Genesis 49:10 reads, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall be the gathering of the people.”

The sceptre is understood to be the national identity of Judah which enables it to enforce Mosaic law.  Shiloh is another word for Messiah.  Judah retained its identity and judicial authority even during the seventy years of Babylonian captivity.

Ezra 1:5-8 “Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem. 6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered. 7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; 8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.”

Ezra 1:5-8 shows that the priests and prince were still in existence even after seventy years in exile.  The sceptre did not depart during this time.  Judah retained its identity until the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.  At that time, the sceptre departed from Judah.  WAIT!  Messiah should have come before that happened.  How could two prophets prophecy the exact  same event for the same time period and both be wrong?

Daniel 9:24-26 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

In Daniel chapter 9:24-26, we are told the exact time that Messiah is supposed to come.  This prophecy is so mind-boggling that most rabbis are not taught its meaning.    It says that the Messiah is to come 69 weeks after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem.  The problem arises when one acknowledges that three decrees were given for this task.  That of Cyrus in 536 B.C., that of Darius between  531-486 B.C., and that of Artaxerses in around  454-434 B.C.    The exact date of some of these is debatable but that is not our goal.  Also, I will not bore you with the complex math.  I could spend all day debating these issues, but the fact remains that the Messiah was supposed to come 483 years after one of these decrees.   In either case, He was supposed to come between 53 B.C. and  49 A.D.   Where is He?

Daniel 9:26 “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

All three prophets taught that the Messiah was to come about two thousand years ago.  Dear friend, he has not delayed, but did come already.  He came and died as was cut off as Daniel 9:26 taught.

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

He was wounded for your transgressions, Isaiah 53:5.  Jesus is the Messiah!  Won’t you repent and believe the Gospel today?

HIBM Editorial by Dr. K. Daniel Fried * When Will The Messiah Come? – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2015
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